Getting to Know Us

The Administration Building at Mary Baldwin College

At Mary Baldwin, the proven advantages of a women’s college meet the varied opportunities of a small, coed university. You’ll experience an education that is not only tailored to your goals and individual strengths, but also relevant and enhanced by meaningful hands-on experiences. You’ll find a world of possibility.

A belief in student potential and in the transformative power of the liberal arts and sciences has guided the college since its founding as Augusta Female Seminary in 1842. This history continues today with students who dare to make a difference, engage in service to their communities, and boldly initiate change in our backyard and around the world.

Setting the standard for innovation with a purpose, today Mary Baldwin is an exceptionally diverse institution with a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs for both women and men in locations throughout Virginia:

  • The College for Women is our historic private liberal arts college for women on the main campus, occupying 54 beautiful hilltop acres in downtown Staunton, Virginia
  • Early college programs make the College for Women a premier opportunity for girls who are ready to skip all or part of high school and enter college before their peers
  • The Adult Degree Program offers a flexible and affordable option for working adults with online and regional offerings as well as the opportunity to take classes on the main campus
  • The College of Education includes master’s degrees and teacher licensure
  • The Graduate Shakespeare and Performance program uniquely combines stagecraft and scholarship for those seeking to become professional actors and directors as well as teachers and dramaturgs
  • The Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences offers highly sought-after doctoral and master’s programs that position MBC on the leading edge of career preparation for growing health care fields
  • The Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership solidifies Mary Baldwin’s longstanding tradition of producing capable female leaders

Mary Baldwin College does not discriminate on the basis of sex (except that men are admitted only as ADP, graduate, and special students), race, national/ethnic origin, color, age, religion, veteran’s status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by statute in its educational programs, admissions, co-curricular or other activities, and employment practices.